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Amarok 1.4.5 Released

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Amarok 1.4.5 was released today. The next version will be 2.0. It will be based on Qt4/KDE4.

Some of the notable improvements in 1.4.5 include:

  • An integrated Shoutcast stream directory.
  • Support for custom labels. Organize your music how you want.
  • Magnatune redownload manager allows re-download of any previous purchase free of charge (in any format).
  • Improved sound quality when using the equalizer with xine.
  • Support for Speex (.spx), WavPack (.wv) and TrueAudio (.tta) files in the collection thanks to taglib plugins.
  • Search inside of lyrics using "/" in the Context Browser.
  • Download songs from Shared Music (DAAP) directly into the collection.

The full details are available here.

Poll: Gtk or Qt, Do You Care?

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Does it matter to you if an app is created using Gtk, Qt, or another graphical tool kit? I just published a poll asking what desktop environment you use and to answer that question. I frequently see posters on various forums declining to use a program because it uses a different tool kit than their desktop. How widespread is this behavior and why the preference?

It seems to me that limiting ourselves in this way only lengthens how far applications need to come in order to meet every user's needs. KDE, GNOME, and other environments have been working to ensure interoperability between them, but if our (the users) biases defeat it, then there is still more work to be done.

Linux Alternatives to Windows Software

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I've always intended Linux App Finder to have a section where you can start with a Windows app to find an alternative that runs on Linux, and I'm pleased to announce that it's complete. Click over to the Windows section to check it out.

There is a good list of Windows titles there now, but anyone who's logged in can add new ones. In addition to the Windows list itself, links appear just under the tags on a Linux app's page to show what Windows software it is an alternative to.

Enjoy.

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